Energy Storage

Energy storage is considered a key technology as we seek to decarbonise our energy system.

It will play a vital role in managing the challenge of intermittency of renewable generation on both long and short term timescales. Cost-effective and energy dense storage is also essential for electric vehicles if these are to be deployed at a level that will see significant UK benefit. Work at the University spans fundamental electrode interface studies through to the integration of such devices into power networks.

Research within the Departments of Chemistry and Materials is seeking to transform batteries and supercapacitors into a viable option for wide-scale adoption in utility and grid applications. To enable this revolution, an order of magnitude reduction in the cost and an increase in cycle and calendar life from the current state-of-the-art energy storage devices is required. Work is focused on optimising the structure of the storage element electrode interface to fully exploit the intrinsic advantages new electrode architectures can deliver and retain these performance advantages over realistic cycle life and performance conditions.

The fuel cells group in Manchester are focussed on low temperature PEM fuel cells which are expected to be used in vehicular applications, and direct methanol fuel cells for portable power. New materials are being developed in order to address some of the key research challenges for the successful application of fuel cells.

Work within the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering focuses on the integration of energy storage technologies. Optimal integration with the electricity distribution and transmission networks will ensure the systems are deployed effectively and utilised in a way that maximises their benefits to the system while protecting their life.

Project highlight: MY-STORE

Policy and governance

Multi-energY storage-Social, TechnO-economic, Regulatory and Environmental assessment under uncertainty (MY-STORE)

This project is led by the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Manchester and aims to strategically supplement the current research and bring a new perspective by providing much broader context, understanding and responses to the wide-scale deployment of energy storage. Tyndall Manchester will be involved in exploring socio-economic and environmental aspects, including public perceptions to different technologies.

Find out more about this project here.

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